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Florida State player taken off basketball court on stretcher


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Florida State forward Terrance Shannon is carried off on a stretcher after being injured in the second half. Shannon averages 8.9 points and 6.5 rebounds for 10-7 FSU. It’s scary and unusual to see college basketball players get wheeled off the court like this — then head straight to the nearest hospital for more testing.

It was a scary sight for players, coaches and fans.

With 3:59 left to play in Saturday’s 56-36 loss to Virginia, Florida State forward Terrance Shannon jammed his head into the side of Cavaliers forward Evan Nolte’s body and fell to the floor.

After laying motionless for nearly 10 minutes, Shannon was placed on a stretcher and transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center.

“He has a neck sprain,” Dr. Bill Thompson, FSU’s team doctor, told the Democrat on Saturday night. “And he has improved since the time of the game to the time we got to the hospital. And I’ll know further in the morning.”

Thompson was on the court with Shannon and rode with him in the ambulance to the hospital.

“He had weakness in his upper and lower extremities,” Thompson said. “That’s why we took all those precautions. But he made a lot of improvement even from the court to the ambulance and to the hospital. So that’s all great news.”

Shannon, who suffered from a neck injury described as a “stinger” earlier in the year, was scheduled to undergo further testing here late Saturday night and was expected to stay at the hospital overnight for evaluation.

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